Flesh and Bone and Water
Brazilian-born doctor André Cabral is living in London when one day he receives a letter from his home country, which he left nearly thirty years ago. A letter he keeps in his pocket for weeks, but tells no one about. The letter prompts André to remember the days of his youth – torrid afternoons on Ipanema beach with his listless teenage friends, parties in elegant Rio apartments, his after-school job at his father's plastic surgery practice – and, above all, his secret infatuation with the daughter of his family's maid, the intoxicating Luana.
Flesh and Bone and Water is out in the UK (Viking) and Germany (as Luana, Hoffmann und Campe), and will be published later this year in the USA and Canada (Scribner), the Netherlands (Ambo Anthos) and Sweden (Modernista).
Praise for Flesh and Bone and Water
'Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work. Her ability to cut across time and continents and to inhabit the physical and inner life of both a young Brazilian and that same man in middle-age is as dazzling as the novel's plot. The reveal, when it comes, is astonishing-sensuous, shocking, and completely earned.'
Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife
'[An] arresting debut about memory and trauma. In this respect and others, it resembles Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker-winner, The Sense of an Ending... Sauma, whose style manages to be both spare and rich, is clear-eyed about the social and racial divides in Rio.'
Daily Telegraph – 'New year, new voices'
'I devoured this stunning debut by Luiza Sauma. An immersive, heartbreaking coming of age story. Beg, borrow or steal a copy.'
Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed
'An indelible glimpse into Brazil’s stratified society.'
'Sauma’s excellent prose is thoroughly consuming, bouncing between continents and eras to create a complicated tale of class, ancestry, and love in which happy endings are difficult to find but hope remains.'
'Her writing is beautiful. I am sure I'll see her name on the spine of many a novel to come.'
Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room
'Sauma's writing is sensual and evocative. Flesh and Bone and Water is a powerful depiction of sexual attraction and long lost loves; a haunting weave of Rio, the Amazon and present-day London.'
Ardashir Vakil, author of Beach Boy
'Luiza Sauma's first novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, is lush and evocative. The secret at the center came as a shocking surprise, and the characters were as haunted as I was. Sip a caipirinha and enjoy.'
Lisa See, author of On Gold Mountain